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    Lighter version of Saras aircraft to fly out next year

    Bangalore (PTI): The third weight-optimised prototype of Saras, the 14-seater multi-role light transport aircraft, is being manufactured and is expected to fly in June next year.

    Dr A R Upadhya, the Director of the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), said the Indian Air Force had conveyed its intention to procure 15 Saras aircrafts for operational use, followed by 30 more of the aircraft.

    Talking to reporters here at the launch of golden jubilee celebrations of the NAL Wednesday, Dr Upadhya said the third prototype is expected to receive its full certification from the Director General of Civil Aviation by mid 2010.


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